A quick trip to Disneyland
Published: January 4, 2006 at 10:32 PM
As I said in a column last year, Disneyland is looking better it has in a decade, with attractive repair work done and smoothly operating attractions around the park. Even when things went wrong, such as a busted throttle cable disabling the Tom Sawyer raft on Tom Sawyer's Island, the attractions operators handled the situation smoothly. It's an impressive lesson for other area parks that take a far more haphazard attitude toward running their parks at full capacity.
Despite a strong crowd, we didn't wait more than 15 minutes for anything all day. Here was our itinerary (times are when we got on the ride):
8:05 - arrive Mickey & Friends parking garage
8:25 - arrive ticket booths
8:40 - arrive at top of Main Street to stake out space for the rope drop.
9:00 - head for Space Mountain. See delayed opening there and make sharp left into Buzz Lightyear
9:15 - Space Mountain.
9:25 - pictures in front of castle
9:45 - Mad Tea Party
10:05 - Storybook Land
10:20 - Carousel
10:45 - Mark Twain
11:15 - Lunch at French Market
12:10 - Tom Sawyer's Island
1:20 - Haunted Mansion
1:50 - Pirates of the Caribbean
2:15 - Jungle Cruise
2:40 - Tiki room
3:10 - Main Street Station for round-trip train ride.
Twelve attractions in about six hours, hitting all our favorites, with a leisurely lunch and no rushing. Not a bad day. The key, as always, is *get there before the park opens*.
Theme parks are for morning people. Late sleepers wait!